More than 30 years ago, we began producing daily radio newscasts aired throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California to keep the region informed about current agriculture and environmental issues.
AG News: California Vineyard Losses and Ag Inspectors Bill Signed
More vineyards will be removed in California this year, as farmers and wineries work to correct an imbalance of their inventories in supply and demand.
Ag News: Organic Hydroponic Certification and Meat Demand Strong
The Center for Food Safety is suing the USDA to stop the National Organic Program from allowing hydroponically grown produce from being certified organic.
Ag News: Ag Min Wage Highest in PNW
New USDA data shows the minimum hourly agricultural wage rates are highest in the Pacific Northwest. For 2019, the min. hourly wage in Washington and Oregon was $15.03.
Ag News: USDA Automation Investment
With the trouble in hiring enough people during harvest season, the USDA has invested nearly $300 million into automation and mechanization of specialty-crop production.
Ag News: Certified Organic Crops Higher and U.S. Beef to China
U.S. farmers harvested nearly 3.3 million acres of certified organic field crops in 2019, driven by 14% more organic field crop operations.
Ag News: Chipping Potatoes to Japan and Ag Innovation Agenda-USDA
Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has informed USDA that U.S. chipping potatoes are now allowed to enter year-round.
Ag News: China Allows Tariff Exemptions and Potato’s Health Benefits
Beijing will allow importers to apply for tariff exemptions for nearly 700 U.S. products including farm and energy goods, as China continues grappling with the coronavirus.
Ag News: Legislation Adds Ag Inspectors
Efforts to keep agricultural pests and diseases out of the U.S. Legislation was passed by Congress that gives funding to add more agricultural inspectors.
Ag News: New Green Tomato and USMEF Positive Outlook
A Cornell University researcher has developed a new, flavorful and highly productive cherry tomato that when ripe is green. It's named Jaded.
Ag News: NW Pear Crop in Good Supply
Domex Superfresh Growers is reporting good movement with the Northwest pear crop, with ample supplies to ship well into summer.
Ag News: India Opens Poultry-Dairy
India has offered to partially open up its poultry and dairy markets in a bid for a limited trade deal during President Trump's first official visit.
Ag News: Trade Concerns over Coronavirus
Concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in China. The California Prune Board, for example, will not take a delegation of growers to China and Hong Kong to promote trade.